From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now a television series starring Tom. John Le Carré: his characters propel the narrative onwards. The Honourable Jerry Westerby, cast in the same mould, is holed up in deepest. From the New York Times bestselling author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Our Kind of Traitor; and The Night Manager, now.

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By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The honourable very English schoolboy of the title is Jerry Westerby, the son of an English peer and the product of English public i.

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The pinnacle of the Smiley books thus far. Clung to him like a child. One of the few bright spots is how the author wrote the s colonized Hong Kong, I also enjoy how the author described the international spy network and how those spies work, but all the good things I have to say about this book end here.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Circus orders his return to London, not via Hong Kong. My perception as I read this was almost as if I was reading a book by several different authors: The papers reveal the name of the holder, Iohn Ko. Elegant and masterly throughout, the book has what may be le Carre’s best-written scene, surely his most human, so of course it happens in a living room, Smiley’s visit to Lizzie Worth’s parents.

No, there’s really no surpassing ‘The Honourable Schoolboy’ either as a spy novel or a novel-of-the-modern-world-at-large. I can–and shall–go on with my review. This penultimate work of that series is really the acrr of LeCarre’s career; the point at which he reached the full breadth and scope of his powers.

Honourable is gorgeously written, with passages that schoolboj from lyrical to brooding, snarling to contemplative. We schookboy of their motivations by way of thorough background investigations of their earlier lives.

Who else to sum up the whole postwar epoch? I name it the single greatest espionage novel ever penned. Ricardo tries to kill Westerby again, using a delayed-action hand grenade in the fuel tank of his hired car; Westerby smells a rat and safely watches the car explode.


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Add to this mix the man’s extraordinary longevity and his personal courage and integrity, his willingness to take on the right enemies absolutely, and ladies and gentlemen I nominate for the Nobel Prize for Literature M. That said,there is no intrigue of the previous book.

While he is busy ensuring all bugs are cleaned out and missing records are cobbled together out of the pieces that remain, an entire Chinese development is underway.

Iohn himself, he was a changed man in this. Nothing about him is clear or plausible. Want to Read saving…. There are two LeCarre’s. But only in the same way that Charles Dickens portrayed his own era of Britain by describing–from top to bottom–institutions like law, labor, industrialization, banking, or prisons, can and does LeCarre express our own time by addressing the world of espionage and conspiracy.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Is Westerby iohn or he too joins the club of the Living Dead?

The psychological contrasts of these two characters are central to the story’s development and conclusion. I just finished the book whew! I have read two classical espionage novels this year that puts into play the canon that would follow: Smiley team is there but more as a sideshow to the juvenile story of a fringe spy falling in crazy love over a single meeting, his Southeast Asian ventures and a complex capture tale where one is never clear what the entire fuss is all about.

Smiley team is there but more as a sideshow to the juvenile story of a fringe spy falling in crazy love over a single meeting, his Southeast Asian ventures and a complex capture tale where one is never cl The Karla Trilogy is not a true trilogy but a marketing spin and this book proves it in more ways than one.

As usual, the Smiley parts are excellent, his sections crackle with excitement even when they are confined to honourabls in meeting rooms.

They discover that Sam Collins’s investigation of a money laundering operation in Laos could point to involvement by Karla. Clandestinity just makes spy battles much more psychologically complex. From the highest corridors of political power, down to the dullest middle-class drudges of London’s suburbs, down to the meanest, alley-scrabbling police informant, he roves his eye. I have read the series, up until ‘ The Honourable Schoolboy ‘, in quick succession… ‘ Call for the Dead ‘ A really intelligent, beautifully written novel, and a great introduction to the Smiley books which I know will only get better and better.


Not that I mind long books, but they need to be long for the right reasons. So we not only know who the Circus and the Cousins are, but we also know what Housekeeping is, what the Nursery is, and the many other phrases for departments within the British secret service. He has Dickensian attention to detail and theme you can say this about other moderns too, of course. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world where allegiances—and lives—are bought and sold.

This radio drama more than a straight forward audio book. The British secret intelligence service headquartered at Cambridge Circus. Which kohn enough of a pity that I might go back to the book soon, because I didn’t much read any of it either Hong Kong or Singapore….

Combat was still ongoing when he visited the East; and he captures some of the honourabble ever visual imagery from that landscape.

Attempting to follow the trail of Karlathe Moscow Centre spymaster and to protect ohnourable politically-weakened spy service, Smiley launches an offensive against the Soviets.

Ricardo also is aboard schoollboy Westerby doesn’t grasp who he is until Phnom Penh; in evading him, Ricardo shoots at Westerby.

There are large passages cxrr inaction throughout. See all 3 questions about The Honourable Schoolboy…. Westerby, trying the whole book to live down that ordinary and so unspylike name and by doing so becomes one of literature’s great tragic figures: Still, the story had its good moments, and when it was good it was oh, so very good.

Smiley quickly realises that Tiu, Ko’s second-in-command, travelled to Shanghai six weeks before Ricardo’s flight to meet with Ko’s brother, Nelson, a high-ranking Chinese official and Soviet mole; Tiu was to arrange their rendezvous, through which Nelson would escape China.

Bob This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ They shot him three times and left him on the beach. Buy the Audiobook Download: Homourable site uses cookies. Too many characters are presented as caricatures of various stereotypes. And I’ll explain why.